I find it more empowering to let my NO stay as NO when tempted with food after my calories are spent for the day. It's a battle of the will and the one that grows is the one used the most. Saying NO and sticking to it does get easier as you do it more.
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I suffer from terrible cravings late at night! I was looking for acceptable snacks, and I came across someone who suggested celery as a salty snack. I am certain it was a joke... however, I gave it some thought and started dipping celery sticks into a mixture of Salt and spices. It just takes a little to satisfy the craving, without putting a potato chip or pretzels behind that salt!
Now for sweets....can anyone think of something harmless that can be dipped into honey?
When I fill myself up with good for me foods that are low in fat but high in nutrients, vitamins, and lean protein, I lose weight quickly and stay on track. As soon as I see the first few pounds come off on the scale, I get hyped to stay on track.
I try to cut down on sweets, but if I am having a complete craving, I try to find a lower in fat version of whatever I am craving. For example if I am craving chocolate, I will have a cup of hot cocoa, a york peppermint patty, or a pudding cup. Then I don't feel "deprived"!
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